|As the World Turns|
|Date of birth||November 07, 1956|
Craig Bryant Montgomery is an fictional character on the CBS Soap Opera As the World Turns. Actor Scott Bryce originated the role in which he started on January 1982 to May 22, 1987. He appeared again on May 09, 1988 to November of 1989. With appearances in 1990, 1993, and 1994. He tackled the role again on April 10, 2007 to February 21, 2008. Actor Hunt Block who was also well known as Ben Warren on Guiding Light stepped into the role on July 19, 2000 to August 11, 2005, with an appearance on October 31, 2005. Actor Jeffery Meeks stepped into the role on September 28, 2006 to April 02, 2007. Actor Jon Lindstrom whose best known as Kevin Collins and his twin brother Ryan Chamberlain on General Hospital and its spinoff Port Charles stepped into the role on December 03, 2008 until the series finale on September 17, 2010.
Craig Bryant Montgomery was born on November 07, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois, to Bart and Lyla Montgomery. The middle child and only son, he grew up with two sisters, his older one Margo and younger sister Cricket. His father was an traveling shoesman and his mother was an stay at home mom. Although the roles his parents played were typical, the family life was far from happy. The Montgomery's were struggling to make ends meet, and Craig's father Bart made no secret of his dislike for Lyla and their oldest child Margo. When Craig entered his teens, his father left and his parents ended up divorcing. Now dubbed as the man of the house, Craig helped his mother look after his sisters but realized he wanted something more out of his life. After graduating high school, Craig left Chicago and went to the island of Martinique to live out his life.
The ambitious Craig left Martinique and came to Oakdale to be with his mother and sisters. The first person he met in Oakdale was Betsy Stewart at Oakdale University who he felled for at first sight. At the time, Betsy was hurting from a relationship with Steve Andropolous- a relationship Betsey ended because it caused Steve's brother(who wanted Steve to stay away from Betsy) to have a fatal heart attack. Realizing that Betsy was still in love with Steve, Craig tried to undermine Steve's position at McColl's Materials, where Craig worked as well, and fed on Betsy's guilt over Nick's death. Finally, it seemed there was only one way to get Betsey to forget about Steve-he had to die. To accomplish this, he arranged for Steve's truck to explode. Unfortunately, Betsey ended up being there instead of Steve and Craig rushed out to save her from the explosion. Soon after, a grateful Betsy accepted Craig's marriage proposal. Betsy and Craig's wedding kicked off in 1983. When they returned from their honeymoon, Craig and Betsy put on a happy facade in front of their friends and relatives, but the truth was that Craig was impotent due to residual nerve damage from the truck explosion. An out of town doctor informed Craig that the impotence might be temporary, the sterility however was not. Craig didn't tell Betsy he was sterile, instead, he said his impotence was caused by the knowledge that she was in love with Steve. Betsy was appalled by this accusation and by Craig's jealous fits over Steve and took her stepmom Kim, up on her offer to get away and stay with a friend in Ronda, Spain. Meanwhile, Diana McColl, the daughter of Craig's boss Whit McColl, flew in from Paris. One look at this gorgeous blonde and Criag knew his potency was returning. Diana McColl insinuated herself further in this romantic quadrangle by coming on to Steve. When he snubbed her, she let it slip out to Craig that Steve had borrowed money for a plane ticket to Spain. Craig realized that Betsy and Steve was together and was crushed. One day, while Betsy was out, Craig took a call from her doctor and was stunned to learn she was pregnant! Although Craig regained his potency, he knew he was still sterile, which meant Betsy was pregnant with Steve's child!!
The surprise birthday party for Whit McColl provided the perfect setting for Craig to exact revenge on Steve. Craig contacted con-man Ike Slatterty, who posing as Steve, stole some rare coins from Whit's collection while the party was in full swing and planted one in Steve's apartment. When Whit discoverd his coins missing, Craig convinced him that Steve was the culprit and when the police entered Steve's apartment, they found one of the coins. Confronted by the cops, Steve bolted, and the police open fire. Steve was hit in the leg but managed to escape. A grateful Whit promoted Craig to vice president of the company. Meanwhile, Craig and Diana made plans to open a nightclub on the Stenbeck yacht, which Whit had bought as a present for Diana. The club was to be called Anemone. Betsy wasn't pleased since they was building a house in expensive Ruxton Hills, so where was all this money coming from? Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Craig, Betsy was helping Steve, who was on the run from the law. At one point, she told Craig that her doctor had recommended she take a cruise and he believed her. Actually, Craig was relieved, because now he can spend more time with Diana. However, when Betsy told Craig that she was going to call her broker and sell some stocks to get money for the cruise, Craig panicked. He had made some bad investments and had lost all her money in the stock market.
The Montgomerys were broke, only Betsy didn't know it yet. Suddenly Craig remembered the cash receipts from the Anemone. With them, he was able to give the broker the money he'd put up to cover him. He also found out that Ike Slatterty sold a coin to Vermeil(whom Betsy and Steve had already figured out was involved), and was headed to Bermuda. What a happy coincidence that Betsy was on the same boat. Craig made plans to join the ship in Nassau, with the intention of selling his own coin to Vermeil. Luckily Steve and Betsy found out about Craig's arrival beforehand, and Betsy pretended to have a happy reunion with her husband. Being careful to conceal his identity, Craig met up with Vermeil, who offered him a measly $10,000 for the coin. Craig tried to negotiate but the crafty con dealer held firm. When Steve got wind of Craig's attempted deal, he informed the captain that there was a stolen coin onboard and contacted the police in Bermuda. To avoid being caught, Vermeil through the coins overboard. Seeing Steve and Betsy together, Craig made plans to return to Oakdale without Betsy. By this time, Vermeil knew Steve was on to him and was busy plotting his ruin. Unaware that Vermeil was on to him, Steve decided to infiltrate his orginazation in hopes of finding out who set him up. He was in luck with Ike Slatterty, the man Craig hired for the job, showed up. As Steve and Betsy bid each other a sad goodbye in Bermuda, Craig was proposing to Diana in Oakdale. Diana, however didn't love Craig-she loved Steve. When she arrived home, Betsy told Steve she was leaving him.
Soon after, Betsy gave birth to a healthy daughter. In rememberance of her father Dan Stewart, she named the child Danielle. Craig told his wife how much he loved her, and now that they have a child, he hoped things would be alright between them. That night, Vermeil ordered his security people to find Steve and kill him!! Diana helped Steve escape by hiding him in her room, and he rushed back to Memorial just as Betsy took a turn for the worst. Craig spotted him though, and had his rival arrested. However, Craig's sister Margo, out-smarted him and got Ike Slatterty to give her enough information to free Steve. After all was said and done, Betsy told Craig she still planned to leave him for Steve. Meanwhile, Whit figured out only two people knew the combination to his safe, Lisa and Craig. He confronted Craig, who was unable to lie out of it, and Whit fired him. Then there was the question of who had embezzled funds out of the nightclub. When Diana didn't but any of his excuses, Craig pleaded poverty. Diana said she wouldn't call the police if he handed half of the club to her. Craig told Betsy that he had been fired because Whit said he was spending too much time with the baby, Betsy believed him. Betsy was moved when she heard Craig talking to his sleeping daughter about his losses, and weakly told Steve she couldn't leave Craig just yet. At the end of 1983, Craig found the note Betsy had written to Steve telling him how much she loved him. He quickly tore it up and forged a new one saying Betsy loved Craig and regretted having betrayed him. Ever the schemer, Craig found a new way to hold on to Betsy: He signed up for stunt school because he wanted to learn how to fall down the stairs. When Betsy arrived to get the rest of her things, Craig picked a fight with her and "fell" down the stairs. Craig then cried "paralysis", getting Betsy to move back in with him. Certain that Craig was faking, Steve brought in his ex-cop cousin Frank Andropolous to investigate the slippery Mr. Montgomery.
Meanwhile a major storm ushered in the New Year. After it had passed , Betsy's boathouse was on shaky ground. Not about to give up on doing Steve in and knowing that he was already scheduled to work on the boathouse, Craig loosened a support beam so that it would fall on Steve's head. Unfortunately, Steve and Betsy had decided to work together to salvage their special place, and the beam landed on Betsy instead. Luckily Steve was able to rescue her from the wreckage. With the boathouse now destroyed, Craig knew he was sitting on valuable lakefront property. He located a Colonel Jameson, who eyed the property as a potential site for a chemical plant. Jameson shrewdly promised Craig a top level job if he was able to talk Betsy into selling it. However Betsy had other ideas. She surprised Craig by telling him that she planned to build a home for abandoned children and call it the Refuge. Steve's construction company put in a bid. Diana heard about Steve's plans, got hold of the other bids, and made Steve's the lowest. Steve and Tucker's company got the job. One night, when Betsy couldn't go through with an romantic evening, Craig left in disgust. Afterwards, Diana saw Betsy and Steve kissing and was quick to inform Craig. Diana was also suspicious that Craig was faking his paralysis. She threw a cup of tea in his lap, and when Craig jumped up, she knew he could really walk and threatened to tell Steve.
At the same time, Steve and Frank got Craig's address book and found the number of the stunt school. The instructor confirmed that Craig had come to the school to learn how to fall down a flight of stairs. Steve paid Craig a visit and implied that he had a damaging evidence against him. Then he put the envelope on the mantel and left. Betsy arrived home and almost caught Craig getting out of the wheelchair to get the envelope. Craig accused Betsy of getting love letters from Steve and threw the envelope in the fire. As gently as possible, Betsy told Craig that their marriage was over. Then she went upstairs and discovered Danielle was gone!! Craig told Betsy he couldn't let her take her away, so he hid her. Craig threatened to leave town with Danielle if Betsy called the police and if she went to Steve, she'd never see her daughter again. Up to this point, Craig's mom Lyla had sympathized with him. However, once Craig used his own child, Lyla had realized how twisted her son was. Out of guilt, she traced Danielle to the home of Mrs. Hoffman, a maid whom Betsy had fired previously, and Danielle was returned her mother. Meanwhile, Diana confessed to Steve that she knew Craig had faked his paralysis. It wasn't until Lyla lashed at him that he realized how sick he had become and turned himself into the police and was sentenced to five years in a halfway house. Craig was granted an early release when his family became concerned when his psychiatrist(who was brainwashing Craig) kept him isolated from everyone.
After his release, Craig was determined to make up for all the pain he caused and he forged a friendship with Betsy. At this point he start working for Lucinda Walsh. One of Craig's first duties at Walsh was to rescue Lucinda's goddaughter Sierra Esteban, from Montegan terrorists after Sierra's father, the country's ruler Jacobo Esteban was overthrown. In Montega, Craig met a boy named Carlos burying Esteban. Soon, the pair found themselves beset by a wave of bullets and escaped. That day, Carlos removed his hat and Craig was shocked that this wasn't a teenage boy but a young woman-Sierra! After meeting with Jacobo's former general, who gave Sierra an emerald earring which he said belonged to the mother she never knew, Craig and Sierra were able to escaped to Oakdale. While Sierra was trying to get settled in Oakdale, Craig ended up being a hero when he rescued Betsy from the obsessive, demented Russ Elliot. In the meantime, Craig found himself falling in love with Sierra and he decided to help her search for her long-lost mother. Certain that Lucinda knew something about Sierra's mother, since she was unusually soft towards the girl, Craig did some investigating and found a faded picture. Confronted, Lucinda told Craig and Sierra that Sierra's mother was her friend Mary Ellen Walters, who died years ago of a sudden illness. Doing some more digging, Craig discovered that Lucinda herself was Mary Ellen! Craig confronted his boss and agreed to keep her secret.
However, later, Craig decided he wanted to marry Sierra and felt he couldn't do unless he was honest with her. However, by that time Craig decided to be honest with Sierra, she had already learned the truth about Lucinda. Hurt that he kept it from her, Sierra ran off with another man, Tonio Reyes. Although he tried to find comfort with Iva Snyder, Craig just couldn't keep his mind off Sierra. At the same time, Sierra wasn't happy in her new marriage and when Craig informed her that Tonio was having an affair, she had an affair with Craig. Sierra became pregnant and decided to divorce Tonio. When Sierra's son was born, she and Craig(who had surgery to correct his sterility) were elated to learn Bryant was Craig's son and they married in her hospital room.
Later, tragedy struck. When flying to Greece to help Betsy look for Steve, Craig's plane went down and he was taken hostage by a Greek criminal. After almost a year, Craig was rescued by his family and returned to Oakdale only to learn that Sierra had disappeared in Montega and was presumed dead. Heartbroken, Craig tried to go on with his life and began a relationship with Iva's younger sister Ellie Snyder. However, Ellie had a rival in Emily Stewart, who wasted no time looking into Ellie's past and discovered that Ellie was no naïve farm girl, she had secretly gotten married and divorced in Chicago and then start seeing a married man. Ellie found out however that Emily was looking into her seedy past and confessed the details to Craig. Craig understood and continued to date her. However, when he got a lead that Sierra was alive in Montega, he left town in the hopes of finding her. He was successful, and after the resistance was crushed, Craig and Sierra was able to reconcile and they moved to Miami so that Sierra could be close to Montega but their family would be safe from terrorist attacks.
Craig briefly returned in 1990 and helped clear Ellie, who was being held under suspicion of murdering Brock Lombard, because he had proof of Ellie's whereabouts at the time of Brock's murder. Apparently, on the date Brock was murdered January 15, 1990, Ellie placed an overseas call to Craig to discuss her concerns about her involvement with the Lombard Family. Later in 1991, Sierra had given birth to another child, Lucy Montgomery. Years later, Craig briefly returned to Oakdale after some marital problems with Sierra, and got involved with Lucinda's newly discovered sister Samantha Markham Anderson and Emily again. However, in the end he realized he loved his wife and returned to his family.
Unfortunately, Craig grew restless and left Sierra so he can travel the world. On a business trip to Hong Kong, Craig met Carly Tenney who begged him to rescue her from her husband( and Craig's business associate) Winston Lowe!! Having reverted back to his opportunistic ways, Craig refused to help her unless there was something in it for him, and when she agreed to retrieve a prototype from Lowe's office he agreed to help her. In the end, Lowe died of an heart attack.
Afterwards, Craig returned to Oakdale to repair his relationship with his estranged son. However, connecting with Bryant wasn't Craig's only motive to return to town. Apparently, his business deals left him low on funds. After his business deal with Carly fell through, Craig "borrowed" money from Bryant's trust fund to cover his debts. Unfortunately, Lucinda found out and confronted him. Knowing that she had no real proof, Craig kept Lucinda at bay by having her drugged to appear incompetent. Later, while reacquainting himself with Barbara Ryan, Craig quickly saw her as a meal ticket and seduced her into marrying him. With Barbara's money, he was not only able to repay the money he took from Bryant's trust fund, but also buy stock from Worldwide. Now financially secure, Craig was on top of the world when suddenly Barbara was injured in a bombing. Though no overly concerned for a woman he didn't love, he was surprised when he was arrested for the bombing. Craig maintained his innocence, yet all the evidence pointed to him. Only an investigation by Hal Munson and Emily kept him for going to jail.
A free man once again, Craig put his energies into wooing Carly away from Jack Snyder. Though Carly denied any romantic feelings for him, it was clear to Craig that she was in fact very interested in him. Though Carly softened towards Craig after Bryant's tragic death in a car accident, she was still devoted to Jack. That was until Jack's ex-wife Julia tried to murder her. Believing she'd be better off without Jack, Carly turned to Craig and the pair made love. Then around Christmas, Carly suddenly disappeared without a trace!! Determined to find the woman he loved, Craig made a nuisance of himself to the Oakdale PD trying to find her. Though with his help, the police were able to figure out that Carly was shipped out of the country in a coffin, there was still no clue to where the coffin was. Though he wanted to charge off and find Carly on his own once Rose D'Angelo returned from Belgium, he was persuaded by Lucy to remain in town. Though he hoped to be Carly's savior by rescuing her, the Oakdale PD didn't exactly appreciate his frequent visits to get information. Told repeatedly to leave police work to the police, Craig decided to work on James Stenbeck himself, and deducing that he was faking his coma, Craig made a deal: he would help James escape if he would release Carly and Emily.
Unfortunately, James double-crossed Craig who was forced to stand by and watch Jack be Carly's rescuer. Later, Craig was shocked at the sight of the disfigured Carly who arrived in Oakdale. Repulsed by her appearance and disgusted at his reaction, Craig sought comfort in the arms of Carly's sister Rosanna Cabot. Finding in Rosanna a kindred spirit, the two began a relationship. Complicating matters was Craig's attraction to Carly(who had surgery to correct the disfigurement) as well as Rosanna's attraction to Mike Kasnoff. In addition to his complicated relationship with Carly and Rosanna, Craig also had to deal with Lucy's romance with Aaron Snyder. Still pining for an engaged Carly, Craig's friendship with Rosanna continued to grow into something surprising happened. His attraction to Carly changed into a deep friendship and his friendship with Rosanna blossomed into love.
Unfortunately, Craig and Rosanna's relationship was constantly under strain due to her insecurity about Carly. Knowing that a now pregnant Carly was under orders to avoid stress, Rosanna hired Barbara to replace her at Monte Carlo, something Craig was against. Complicating matters was Jack who was against Carly during her pregnancy. Finally to ensure that Carly was Monte Carlo's top designer, Craig mastermind a plan with Barbara's former victims to have her kidnapped until Carly finished her designs. Unfortunately, Barbara escaped custody and turned up at Fairwinds just as Craig and Rosanna were finished saying their vows! Despite this revelation, it was Craig who would end up leaving Rosanna when he found out she'd gone behind his back and let Aaron see Lucy. Though Craig later went back to Rosanna, this time it was she who felt betrayed and refused to help him when he was arrested for kidnapping. Craig's salvation came in the form of Barbara who agreed to drop charges if Craig would sell Monte Carlo to her for $1.
Not one to stay down for long, Craig saw an opportunity to get back into business with buying Java Underground with Dusty Donovan as his partner. Though Rosanna initially refused to finance Craig's venture because of Dusty's less than stellar reputation, she later relented. At the same time, a barren Rosanna's maternal instincts were kicking in and she announced she wanted a child. Afraid of losing a child the way he loss Bryant, Craig decided to sabotage their chances at adoption. Knowing that agencies were reluctant to place a child with him due to his prior criminal record, when Craig learned that Dusty had been using their club in an illegal gambling operation, he anonymously called the police. Though his plan succeeded, Rosanna learned the truth and was ready to leave him. Desperate to hold on to his wife, Craig got a very speedy adoption and surprised Rosanna with their son, Cabot. It didn't take long, however, for Craig to suspect something was wrong with the adoption, especially after the woman, Annabelle Fettle, failed to provide adequate medical history on the baby(in fact, the medical history was scribbled down in a piece of paper in front of Craig). After being assured by Annabelle that Cabot's birth mother knowingly gave up the child, Craig turned a blind eye and kept quiet. However, the walls start closing in weeks later, when Canadian authorities starting to ask questions about the baby broker, Annabelle.
To Craig's horror, Annabelle went to Craig and demanded that he hide her from the authorities or she'll spill that Cabot's adoption was illegal. While under enormous pressure to keep the police from finding Annabelle, Craig also had to deal with Rosanna's friendship with Paul Ryan. Very jealous, Craig saw Paul as a threat and wound up framing him for the murder of Rose D'Angelo, of which Paul was a suspect. Unfortunately, that event would lead to Craig's downfall. Needing help with Annabelle, Craig enlisted his partner, Molly Conlan who was willing to help for a price-he had to convince an angry Dusty to let Molly remain a partner at Metro. However, despite his promise, Craig knew the attempt was futile and didn't even try to talk Dusty out of kicking Molly out. Later, an angry Molly called Craig and argued about their deal, with Paul overhearing about the illegal adoption. When confronted, Molly spilled all to Paul, who in retaliation, alerted the police. In one swoop, the Canadian authorities arrested Annabelle, returned Cabot to his natural mother, and Rosanna left Craig and Oakdale.
Unfortunately for Craig, Rosanna wasn't the only one whose respect he lost. When Lucy found out about the illegal adoption, she moved out of Fairwinds despite Craig's many pleas for her to stay. Months later, Rosanna served Craig with divorce papers, letting him off easy by keeping his money and Metro. Although Craig wanted to fight the divorce, Rosanna warned him that if he fought it, she'd take everything away from him. Seeing no other choice, Craig signed the divorce papers. Later, in a desperate attempt to get Rosanna back, Craig kidnapped Cabot away from the woman taking care of him in Las Vegas. Unfortunately for Craig, he was knocked out by the baby nurse. In the scuffle, the baby nurse was knocked out as well and a fire ensured, endangering Cabot! Luckily, Paul happened along and rescued Cabot, endearing himself to Rosanna. The same day, Rosanna married a stranger named Jordan Sinclair in an attempt to gain custody of Cabot, since an mysterious emissary was demanding it. In the fallout of Craig's kidnapping attempt, a furious Rosanna(who now had custody of Cabot) threw him out of Fairwinds. Left with nothing, Craig again turned to Lucy for support, but like before, she turned away and this time made plans to go to Montega for the summer. Having lost everything including Lucy's trust, Craig sunk into despair, living in back of his club "Metro" and drinking.
Although Craig begged her to stay, Lucy refused to stay and watch her father self-destruct. Suddenly, the day she wanted to leave, Lucy was kidnapped!! Although it was believed that she was kidnapped by Dusty, in reality, Dusty had kept her from being kidnapped. Hiding out with Lucy, who had been the victim of some near kidnappings prior to this, Dusty investigated and learned that the man who was going after her was named Don Creel. After weeks of hiding out, Dusty was located by the police and told them his theory that someone in Lucy's family had tried to get her kidnapped. It turned out that Dusty was right. Upon learning Dusty's theory, Craig subtly cast suspicion on Sierra's new husband-Alan Drake, and the met with the men he hired to kidnap Lucy. His entire plan derailed, the plan being that he "rescue" Lucy from the kidnappers, thus earning her love back, Craig alerted the would be kidnappers that the police was on to them and refused to give them their money. However, Creel wouldn't leave Craig alone and kept demanding his money. Finally, one day, Craig met with Creel, and after a confrontation, he shot him! Although the dying man was able to implicate Craig, Craig again covered his tracks by implicating Alan. Not long after, Craig tried to arranged for Lucy to be kidnapped again, this time to keep her from Dusty.
Unfortunately, things went horribly wrong. Alan was set to give the kidnapper, Wade Carlson, the ransom money, but came armed. Just then, Craig happened upon the scene and Wade confessed that Craig arranged the kidnapping! Alan then held the gun on Craig, but he resisted, accidently shooting Alan! In the meantime, Wade himself went ballistic and shot Craig! He then tried to take Lily Walsh Snyder (who had followed behind) hostage. Luckily, Craig was able to rescue her. Although Alan survived to make it to the hospital, and to whisper Craig's name to Sierra, he died before he was able to talk to the police. Immediately after, Sierra, who always refused to believe that Alan was guilty, realized that it was Craig who set up the kidnapping. Approaching Dusty with her theory, they both set out to get the evidence. Dusty got it and gave it to Lucy. However, to everyone's shock, Lucy though disappointed in what her father had done, refused to give it to the police. Despite this, Lucy was unwilling to forgive Craig for what he'd done and refused any contact with him. Although Craig looked to Lucinda to help him get through to Lucy, Craig lost any shred of credibility that he might have had with her and she refused to help him.
In the meantime, to Craig's annoyance, Lucy was entering a relationship with Dusty. Learning that Dusty was sponsoring a fight with a shady character named Dom, Craig tried to get information about the fight. Unfortunately, his questions only served to annoy Dom who warned Dusty to keep Craig quiet. Craig's chance to get Lucy away from Dusty came with the arrival of an old childhood friend of Lucy's, Rafi Ortega. Seeing that Lucy and Rafi still had an connection, Craig tried to push things along by giving Rafi a childhood photo of Rafi and Lucy(to show to Lucy) and telling Rafi that Dusty had a jealous streak. Finally, Craig got his chance to show Lucy what kind of man Dusty was when he discovered that the fight Dusty was helping sponsor was fixed. Craig wasted no time in telling Lucy who refused to believe him at first, until she and Craig were both held at gunpoint by thugs connected to Dom who was the mastermind behind the fight. Luckily, Craig and Lucy was able to escape and in the aftermath, Dom was arrested. A few weeks later, Craig was kidnapped and sent to an monastery!! At the monastery, a monk named Brother Francis showed Craig photos and urged him to repent. He urged Craig to reflect on his past but just as he was about to, Craig saw a chance to escape and took it. Unfortunately, the attempt failed. When Craig tried to bargain with the monk, Brother Francis insisted that Craig would be released only when he proved he had really changed. He then left Craig with photographs of Cabot, Lucy, Bryant, and Sierra, and asked him to own up to the impact he had in their lives. Alone in his cell, Craig broke down and then discovered something startling-a camera, someone was watching him! Knowing this was a set up, Craig feign redemption for the camera yet vowed to get even with whoever had him locked away. A few weeks later Craig was rescued by Margo. Although he discovered that Sierra was his kidnapper, he kept mum and attempted to reign in his destructive tendencies. His efforts didn't go by unnoticed by Sierra and she rewarded him by offering him a job a Worldwide, as owner of Jennifer Munson's company "Street Jeans".
Though Craig and Jennifer clashed, the pair impulsively fell into bed together. A horrified Jennifer wanted to forget the whole incident, but Craig didn't make it easy by blackmailing her-he would only keep quiet about her affair if she stayed at Street Jeans. Jennifer, though, countered by revealing the truth anyway. Weeks later, Craig accidently learned from Katie that Jen was pregnant. Because of the time of the conception, he knew he had to be the father. Craig was determined to be in his child's life and made that perfectly clear to Jennifer, despite her protests. Unwilling to let a man such as Craig enter her child's life, others (including Margo) came up with a plan to run him out of town by framing him for drug possession. As expected, Craig left the country and went to Bangkok where he met up with an familiar face-Rosanna. Rosanna revealed to him that the presumed dead Cabot(whom she gotten back) was alive and that James made her his prisoner when he caught her trying to escape from marrying him. Craig promised to help her get her baby back. However, Rosanna quickly discovered it was hopeless to protect Cabot from James herself and gave the child away so he'd be safe. Soon after, Craig found out that there was no warrant for his arrest and returned to Oakdale. Meanwhile, Craig met with attorney Jessica Griffin to find out what he needed to do to get partial custody of the baby. Jessica pointed out that Craig needed to show that he was an responsible adult and Craig realized he should get married. After getting Margo to write a letter of recommendation stating he will be a good father, Craig convinced Rosanna to marry him so they could get custody of his baby. Unfortunately, that decision would lead to tragedy.
Shortly after, Rosanna met a high school student named Gwen Norbeck who was pregnant and looking to give her baby up from adoption. Touched by the girl's plight, and wanting a family, Rosanna arranged to adopted the child when it was born, against Craig's wishes as he was more concerned about his own baby. Later, in a strange turn of events, both Jennifer and Gwen went into premature labor at the same time! After hours of fighting for their lives, Jennifer's baby apparently died. However, to Rosanna's confusion, Craig showed no grief of the loss of his baby. Although she tried to talk to him about the loss of his child, he refused to give a suitable explanation, simply stating he was willing to give his heart to his adoptive baby. Rosanna became even more confused when Craig started taking such interest in the baby, calling him "his" baby. Considering that Craig was against the adoption, his attachment to the child so soon made no sense. Remembering that Craig had been hanging around the hospital near both babies, Rosanna came to a startling conclusion-Craig must have switched the babies!
To see if her hypothesis was correct, Rosanna got the baby's footprints records and matched them up with the baby's foot-they didn't match. Horrified, she confronted Craig who confirmed that he indeed switch the babies-only because he wanted to be able to raise his own child. Although Craig tried to make excuses to what he done, a sickened Rosanna refused to listen and ran out, with the intent of going to the police. Craig followed her, intent on stopping her. Desperate to get Rosanna to stop and listen to him, Craig hit her car continually from the side. Tragically, that caused Rosanna's car to crash. Although she awoke just enough to tell Paul "wrong foot", Rosanna slipped into a coma and never woke up. In the aftermath, Craig was sent to jail for attempted murder and the baby was placed in Carly's custody. Four months later, after a bitter custody battle between Carly and Gwen, as well as Jen's drug addiction, the truth would finally be revealed.
Fresh from having his conviction overturned, a year later, Craig returned, hell bent on getting custody of his son. At the same time he became a thorn on Paul's side again-by offering to make Emily full partner in the paper (thus ensuring her loyalty to him) and by flirting with Paul's fiancée, Meg Snyder. Meanwhile, with help from his attorney, Tom Hughes, it seemed as if Craig might have a shot with visitation rights. Dusty's only hope was for Craig to go back to jail. To accomplish this, Dusty asked Lucy to bring Craig up on kidnapping charges. Though Craig begged her not to turn against him, Lucy knew that Craig was not fit to raise a child and was determined to testify about his kidnapping of her years earlier. Unfortunately, Craig got to Lucy when Dusty's brakes failed. Though it couldn't be proven, everyone suspected that Craig tampered with them. The day of the trial, Craig played on Lucy's fears that if she testify, something awful might happen to Dusty. Fearing for Dusty's life, Lucy stated in court that she could not be absolutely certain that it was Craig who kidnapped her. Determined to get Craig away from Johnny, Dusty decided to whatever it takes to get him out of Johnny's life and showed Lucy his gun. After telling Emily, Lucy warned Craig to back off but he refused.
During the conversation, Dusty called Craig to meet with him. Knowing what was being planned, Lucy rushed out to stop him. Although she was able to knock Dusty down, Craig was shot anyway. While Dusty was in jail for attempted murder, Craig recovered and told Lucy of his plans to get custody of his son, Craig Jr, and keep him away from his family. Realizing the fighting would never end, Lucy decided the only way to protect Johnny and let him have a happy life was to spirit him away from Oakdale. Soon after, Craig manipulated in order to get "in" at Worldwide. Drawing on their long friendship, Craig offered to help Lily with an business deal with a baby food company she was negotiating. He not only help seal the deal, but also helped settle a nasty court battle when the baby food was contaminated. Since Lily was out to prove her worth to her mother, which Craig capitalized on, all this was done in secret and Craig got Lily to sign over Worldwide to him.
Since he rushed Lily, she had no idea what she signed until it was too late. Craig then offered to return Worldwide to Lucinda in exchanged for Lucy and Johnny's whereabouts but Lucinda steadfastly refused. Later, Paul claimed to have visions of Johnny and said that he'd reveal his whereabouts if Craig returned Worldwide. Craig didn't take the bait. At the same time, Paul's engagement to Meg apparently unraveled. Meg ran to warn Craig that Paul was unhinged. Her relationship with Paul over, Meg spent more and more time with Craig. Craig seemed to soften towards her and he finally kissed her. Meanwhile, Craig was shocked to see a picture of Rosanna smashed in his house and wondered if Rosanna was there. His call to the clinic confirmed that she had disappeared. Suddenly, Craig began having vague visions of Rosanna and started hearing her voice. Finally, he received a phone call from her. However, it didn't take long to realize that the other person on the other line was not Rosanna. Apparently, he'd been set up by Paul and Lucinda.
Later, Craig collapsed after being poisoned. Luckily, Meg found him and took him to Memorial. Though he knew Lucinda must have done it, Craig told everyone that it was an accidental overdose since he wanted to exact his own revenge. In the meantime, Craig was getting closer and closer to Meg and he offered to return Worldwide if she married him. After a quick but lavish wedding, Craig whisked Meg off to an honeymoon in Vancouver. There, he confronted her with his knowledge that she never broke things off with Paul. He quickly realized that she'd been plotting with Paul the whole time. After drugging Meg, Craig sent a text message to Paul (as Meg) to meet her at a cliff. When Paul arrived, Craig confronted him with a gun. Suddenly, Paul lunged at him, and in the scuffle fell off the cliff. Craig tried to save him but lost his grip and Paul seemingly felled to his death.